Monday, September 30, 2013

Call to Action! SUPPORT Pennsylvania Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors -- SB 1055

Pennsylvania: Ask Senators to Hold a Vote on Bill to Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors -- SB 1055

 [legislative tracking + full text]

 If enacted, this bill would:
- Ban sales of "alternative nicotine products" (e-cigarettes and e-liquid) to minors
- NOT tax these products 
- NOT define these products to be "tobacco products" under Pennsylvania law 

Over the past year, the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids have been out lobbying against enactment of bills that ban e-cigarette sales to minors, and it appears they are trying to slow down SB 1055.  Why?  CASAA Science Director Dr. Carl Phillips took on this issue here and here, but it boils down to this -- these groups don't just want e-cigarette sales banned to minors.  They want e-cigarettes to be taxed and treated just like cigarettes, and they are willing to stop a ban on sales of the product to minors if a bill doesn't set the stage for this to happen in the future.

SB 1055 has been sitting in the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee for 3+ months with no movement.  We need PA vapers to respectfully encourage committee members to hold a hearing on this bill and begin to move it towards the Governor's desk.  

If you might be able to testify when the bill has a hearing in Harrisburg, PA, please e-mail us at board@casaa.org

The below legislators need to hear from Pennsylvania e-cigarette users who SUPPORT SB 1055.

Please call or write the members of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee below
 
1. Inform them you SUPPORT SB 1055 because it would wisely ban sales of "alternative nicotine products" (e-cigarettes and e-liquid) to minors, but would NOT tax the product or define them as a "tobacco product."

2. Tell your story about how e-cigarettes have changed your life, but note that you still believe that minors should not be permitted to purchase the product. 


3.  Inform them that there is no rational reason to oppose SB 1055.  E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and are helping hundreds of thousands quit smoking.  

4. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.

Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee:
It is extremely important for Pennsylvania citizens to personally contact legislators on the PA Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as their own legislators in the PA Assembly and Senate, and urge them to vote YES on SB 1055. You can find out what district you are in by using the Pennsylvania Legislature's 'Find My Legislator' website.

When writing legislators, be sure to include your address (or at least city) so the legislators know they are being contacted by Pennsylvania citizens.

Comma delimited email list for Senate Judiciary Committee:
sgreenleaf@pasen.gov, leach@pasenate.com, jrafferty@pasen.gov, jscarnati@pasen.gov, alloway@pasen.gov, jeichelberger@pasen.gov,
rvulakovich@pahousegop.com, jgordner@pasen.gov, dpileggi@pasen.gov, gyaw@pasen.gov, boscola@pasenate.com, farnese@pasenate.com, fontana@pasenate.com, stack@pasenate.com

Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf (R) (Chairman) (District 12 - Bucks/Montgomery)
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012
Room: 19 East Wing
Phone: (717) 787-6599
FAX: (717) 783-7328
Email: sgreenleaf@pasen.gov


Sen. Daylin Leach (D) (District 17 - Delaware/Montgomery)
Senate Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
Room: 184 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-5544
FAX: (717) 705-7741
Email: leach@pasenate.com


Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr. (R) (District 44 - Berks/Chester/Montgomery)
Senate Box 203044
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3044
Room: 20 East Wing
Phone: (717) 787-1398
FAX: (717) 783-4587
Email: jrafferty@pasen.gov


Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati III (R) (District 25 - Cameron, Clearfield (part), Elk,
Jefferson, Mckean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren (part))
Senate Box 203025
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3025
Room: 292 Capitol Building
Phone: (717) 787-7084
FAX: (717) 772-2755
Email: jscarnati@pasen.gov


Sen. Richard L. Alloway II (R) (District 33 - Adams, Franklin, and York (part))
Senate Box 203033
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3033
Room: 187 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-4651
FAX: (717) 772-2753
Email: alloway@pasen.gov


Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.(R) (District 30 - Bedford, Blair, Fulton,
Huntingdon, and Mifflin (part))
Senate Box 203030
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3030
Room: 169 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-5490
FAX: (717) 783-5192
Email: jeichelberger@pasen.gov


Sen. John R. Gordner (R) (District 27 - Columbia, Dauphin/Luzerne,
Montour, Northumberland, and Snyder)
Senate Box 203027
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3027
Room: 177 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-8928
FAX: (717) 787-9715
Email: jgordner@pasen.gov


Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R) (District 9 - Chester/Delaware)
Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Room: 350 Capitol Building
Phone: (717) 787-4712
FAX: (717) 783-7490
Email: dpileggi@pasen.gov


Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R) (District 40 - Allegheny/Butler)
Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Room: 168 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-6538
FAX: (717) 787-8625
Email: rvulakovich@pahousegop.com


Sen. Gene Yaw (R) (District 23 - Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna/Union)
Senate Box 203023
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3023
Room: 362 Main Capitol
Phone:(717) 787-3280
FAX: (717) 772-0575
Email: gyaw@pasen.gov


Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D) (District 18 - Lehigh/Monroe/Northampton)
Senate Box 203018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
Room: 458 Capitol Building
Phone: (717) 787-4236
FAX: (717) 783-1257
Email: boscola@pasenate.com


Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D) (District 1 - Philadelphia (part))
Senate Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Room: 543 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-5662
FAX: (717) 787-4531
Email: farnese@pasenate.com


Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D) (District 42 - Allegheny (part))
Senate Box 203042
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3042
Room: 543 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-5300
FAX: (717) 772-5484
Email: fontana@pasenate.com


Michael J. Stack (D) (District 5 - Philadelphia (part))
Senate Box 203005
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005
Room: 543 Main Capitol
Phone: (717) 787-9608
FAX: (717) 772-2162
Email: stack@pasenate.com

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